SOURCE: Norsat International Inc.

September 20, 2006 09:15 ET

U.S. Navy Partners With Norsat on Medical Outreach Program

VANCOUVER, BC -- (MARKET WIRE) -- September 20, 2006 -- Norsat International Inc. (TSX: NII) (OTCBB: NSATF) announced that it is providing satellite communications capabilities to the U.S. Navy hospital ship, USNS Mercy, in support of its five month humanitarian effort in Asia. The USNS Mercy medical crew is joined by the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and leading non-governmental organization mission partners, including Project Hope, Aloha Medical Mission, Project Smile and Save the Children.

Norsat has supplied a SecureLink™ portable satellite terminal to the USNS Mercy. The USNS Mercy medical team and mission partners are helping to treat thousands of patients in remote and impoverished coastal settlements throughout Asia and the Pacific Rim. Medical care is delivered aboard the ship, ashore at local hospitals and at medical civil action projects. The Norsat SecureLink provides the expert team of doctors and nurses with broadband Internet and communications access when they visit remote island villages and towns. It is also being used in conjunction with a WiMAX network to extend wireless coverage to medical teams who have to travel further inland.

The USNS Mercy set sail from San Diego, California, in April 2006. It has anchored at a number of ports throughout Asia including Zamboanga, Jolo Island and Tawi Tawi Island in the Philippines, Bangladesh, Indonesia and East Timor.

"We are proud to be supporting the Navy's outreach program. Our portable satellite terminals are vital to collecting and analyzing research data efficiently and enabling medical relief efforts wherever communications infrastructure is either limited or impaired," said CEO Dr. Amiee Chan. "Norsat systems offer a cost effective avenue to deliver expert medical care to the most remote locations."

WiMAX is a wireless system technology that enables cost-efficient "last mile" wireless broadband access. A WiMAX base station can provide high-speed wireless access within a 30 miles (50 km) radius.

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Norsat International Inc. designs, engineers and markets intelligent satellite solutions for high-speed data transmission. For more than 25 years, Norsat has built a strong reputation in the field of satellite technology by providing its customers with innovative products. Norsat's latest innovations include the Norsat OmniLink™ and GLOBETrekker lines of portable satellite terminal products that provide rapidly deployable broadband satellite data and video connectivity in areas where traditional communications infrastructure is insufficient, damaged, or non-existent. Additional information is available at

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